Algernon Newton: Birmingham with the Hall of Memory (1929)
Algernon Newton: The House by the Canal (1945)
Algernon Newton: The Regents Canal, Twilight (1925)
Algernon Newton: Sunshine in Hampstead, 1960-68
Algernon Newton: In Kensington (1920-3)
Algernon Newton: The Backs of Houses, Harley Street, (1925)
John O’Connor (1830-1889): From Pentonville Road looking west: evening: 1884
John O’Connor: Ludgate, Evening (1887)
Iâ€™ve been reading about old images of London, and discovered that the painting (top) of Birminghamâ€™s War Memorial (which Iâ€™ve always liked as a rare view of that city in calm serenity) turns out to be by Algernon Newton (1880-1968), who did these lovely London ones too. Like an English Edward Hopper, his pictures make you feel as if youâ€™ve stepped into a story where somethingâ€™s about to happen. Even though commissioned mundanely as house portraits, they look magical.
And here also are two paintings by John Oâ€™Connor, of filthily glorious London landmarksÂ 100 years ago through a haze of smog.